课程 4

We meet Inspector Stone for the final time as he reveals the identity of the ring thief while explaining and practising a very important feature of English pronunciation.

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The ring thief is…

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In this final episode of the Case of the Missing Ring, the Inspector reveals what he knows to the suspects… but not before he has reminded them of all their guilty secrets. Find out Inspector Stone’s verdict… and some more surprising truths.
Watch the video to see Inspector Stone in action and learn how to use intonation to express facts or ask questions. And remember to listen out for these subject questions…

Who carried out the crime?
Who stole the ring?

 

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Narrator
Welcome to Inspector Stone, the Case of the Missing Ring, brought to you by BBC Learning English. Episode 4 – War of the Roses. In this episode, you will find out how to use intonation to express facts or ask questions. Let the show begin.

(Sound of a beard trimmer, nail file, combing, etc)

Inspector
(Thinking) Look at them, the bride, the groom, the mother of the bride and the best man. So patient, so hopeful… I think I am enjoying this… Shaving, doing my nails, combing my hair twice in one day. So unusual, so relaxing, so peaceful… who needs crime? Life is so…

All
(Interrupting the Inspector from his thoughts – loudly) Inspector?

Inspector
(Thinking) What?! Oh yes, the case. Yes? Do you have a question for me?

Bride
(Sobbing) Have you found my wedding ring, Inspector?

Mother of the bride
Yes Inspector, have you found my daughter's ring?

Best man
Inspector, as the best man, I must insist that you tell us what you have discovered.

Inspector
(Thinking) Oh bother, I really do hate these people - always asking questions. OK, it's time to give them the answer to the most important question: who is the thief? Who stole the ring? Best man – you have lent the groom £5,000, haven't you?

Best man
Errrr…

Inspector
That was not a question, that is a fact. (Thinking) My voice goes down when I am stating a fact. And you are in love with the bride, aren't you? (Thinking) I hope he realises that is also not a question.

Best man
I didn't take the ring Inspector. You do believe me, don't you? Don't you?

Inspector
(Thinking) Aha!! His voice went up then, when he said "Don't you? Don't you?" – that means he is asking a question, he really wants to know if I believe him.

Best man
Don't you? Don't you?

Inspector
(Thinking) He is a simple man, a fool, perhaps even a stupid man. But… He is not a thief. Best man, do not worry. You are a fool, but you are not a thief. (To the bride) Speaking of fools, my dear, you are the prettiest fool in the land, aren't you?

Bride
Am I? I don't know Inspector, I hope…

Inspector
(Thinking) Again, that was not a question, that was a fact. My voice goes down when I am stating a fact. I will repeat it… Again. My dear, you are a very pretty fool, aren't you? You say that you love your future husband, but it is easy to see that you do not love him at all!!

All
She doesn't love him?!

Inspector
(Thinking) Yes. The bride doesn't love the groom. And that gave her a very good reason to steal the ring! It is very easy to see, my dear. And so, you had a very good reason to steal your own wedding ring… To stop your wedding to a man you hate… Didn't you?!

Bride
(Sobbing) You're right Inspector… It's true. I don't love him.

Inspector
(Thinking) I know it's true: that's why my voice went down at the end… I was stating a fact. She doesn't love him. Who does she love? I don't know and she doesn't know either. But… She was not the thief. Time to move on. And as for your future husband…

Groom
Inspector, surely you don't think I took the ring, do you?

Inspector
(Thinking) Well, groom boy – you have a reason to steal the ring, but no, you don't have the skill or the ability. You had a very good reason to steal the ring. You owe a lot of money to the best man. But no, you are a gambler and a liar but you are not a thief, are you?

Groom
Inspector, that is a fact. I am definitely not a thief. But that only leaves one person, doesn't it?

Inspector
Very true.

Best man
Surely it can't be…

Mother of the bride
I hope you don't mean to…

Bride
Mummy? Mummy! Mummy?! You didn't take my ring, did you? Did you? Mummy?!

Inspector
(Thinking) She is a nice girl but she really is very stupid. Her voice is going up, which means she is asking a real question. Who had the best chance to steal the ring? It's obvious, you silly girl. Madam, why did you want to do the flowers at this wedding?

Mother of the bride
Every mother wants her daughter's wedding to be beautiful, Inspector.

Inspector
Every normal mother… But you had another reason, didn't you? You didn't want your daughter to marry the groom. You wanted her to marry a man with money, the best man, didn't you? You knew she hated him, like she hates all men.

Bride
I hate them, all of them!!

Inspector
You stole the ring from the best man's pocket while you were fixing the wedding flowers to his jacket.

Best man
Gosh, is that what you were doing? I thought it was a funny place to pin the flowers…

Inspector
Exactly. Now, I think it is time for you to tell the truth, isn't it? (Thinking) Yes, but which truth will she tell us? The truth about the ring, or the truth about her glasses or perhaps the truth about the horse? Let us look at the facts. The bride's mother believes that money is more important than happiness, so she wanted her daughter to marry the man with all the money – the best man – and not the groom, who owes a lot of money. And so, she stole the ring whilst fixing the flowers on the best man's jacket!

Mother of the bride
Curse you Inspector, you and your downward intonation! You are right again.

Bride
Mummy?!

Mother of the bride
It's true: I know my daughter doesn't want to get married. She wants to be happy. But I got married and I was never happy! Who wants to be happy?! She should marry a man with money, with power, with position, instead of someone like… Like…

Father of the bride
'ello treacle!

Bride
Daddy!

Father of the bride
Anyone seen my racehorse? (Sound of a horse neighing)

Narrator
Another case solved by Inspector Stone. He never leaves a stone…

Inspector
…unturned. Yes I know, thank you.

You can download the audio of this episode here.

Did you guess who the ring thief was? We hope you enjoyed the story and enjoyed learning with Inspector Stone. Now is your chance to practise what you've learnt.

To do

Now it's time for some detective work! Below are some answers to Inspector Stone's investigation. You need to work out what the correct subject or object type question was.

 

Answers and questions

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Choose the correct subject or object question to go with the answer shown

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How did you get on? Now Inspector Stone has solved the mystery but he still has some work to do. Maybe you could help him in the next activity?

本课词汇

  • skill
    being able to do something well

    gambler
    someone who tries to win money by predicting results of races or other competitions

    intonation
    the way your voice goes up and down when you speak, which can affect the meaning of what you are saying